Senior Clinton campaign officials claim that she has already secured about 130 superdelegates publicly backing her, but a person familiar with recent conversations in Minneapolis says that officials are telling supporters and the undecided in the last few days that private commitments increase that number to more than 440—about 20 percent of the number of delegates she would need to secure the nomination. It is estimated that 4,491 delegates will attend the convention, meaning that a candidate would need 2,246 to win. Clinton says her campaign’s attention to delegate totals is about ensuring that her support from voters translates into the nomination.
This is really about how you put the numbers together to secure the nomination. As some of you might recall, in 2008 I got a lot of votes but I didn’t get enough delegates. And so I think it’s understandable that my focus is going to be on delegates as well as votes this time.